Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari today signed the Constitution Amendment Bill for changing the map of Nepal to include Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura. The new map will be used in all official documents, including the coat of arms in Nepal.
Nepal’s Upper House unanimously passed the Constitution Amendment Bill to update the country’s map incorporating three Indian territories.
All 57 members voted in support of the bill. “There was no voting against the bill and none of the members voted for the neutral category as well,” National Assembly Chairperson Ganesh Timilsina said.
Nepal last month released the revised political and administrative map of the country laying claim over the strategically key areas, more than six months after India published a new map in November 2019.
India has termed as untenable the “artificial enlargement” of territorial claims by Nepal after its lower house of parliament on Saturday unanimously approved the new map.
On Saturday, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said: “We have noted that the House of Representatives of Nepal has passed a Constitution amendment bill for changing the map of Nepal to include parts of Indian territory. We have already made our position clear on this matter.”
“This artificial enlargement of claims is not based on historical fact or evidence and is not tenable. It is also violative of our current understanding to hold talks on outstanding boundary issues,” he added.
Pradeep Gyawali, Nepal’s foreign minister told Parliament last week that the new road to Lipulekh had “undermined” the country’s sovereignty. Nepal’s border begins at Limpiyadhura, the origin of the river Kali, and the border with India is determined by the Treaty of Sugauli of 1816, he said.
India, he added, had acknowledged in 1997 that the borders at Kalapani and Susta were “unresolved”.